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Hydrogen and Renewable Gas Forum

Exploring innovative technologies to achieve a low carbon future/support the decarbonization of the global economy.

Hydrogen can be used as fuel in the transport sector, or heat generation in industrial, residential, and commercial sectors, as well as power generation. Currently it is neither as cheap and convenient as coal or natural gas nor as versatile as electricity. Hydrogen is an energy carrier, not an energy source; it needs energy from other sources to produce it. Hydrogen production typically comes from unabated hydrocarbons, but deployment of carbon capture and storage and water electrolysis to produce hydrogen from renewables could create an economic, low-carbon option in the future.

The IHS Markit Hydrogen and Renewable Gas Forum is a global service with detailed analysis for the main potential producers and consumers of hydrogen and renewable gas.

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The role of hydrogen and renewable gas in global energy

In recent years, multiple factors have come together to drive interest in hydrogen and renewable gas

Environmental policy – Poor air quality and climate targets to reduce CO2 emissions are key. The spread of low emission zones and other similar measures in many major cities around the world have increased, and the focus of decarbonisation is shifting to reductions of CO2 emissions in all sections of the economy.

Energy Independence – Some countries have a desire to reduce imports of fossil fuels and hydrogen produced from indigenous resources (renewable electricity, or domestic coal). This could displace natural gas and oil imports while improving air quality, reducing CO2 emissions and building technology exports. For resource poor regions, imports can provide supply diversification, while for major resource holders, hydrogen provides a new export product. The commonality of interest of both importers and exporters, makes hydrogen unique within the energy complex.

Technology Development – Developments in technology are making low-carbon hydrogen more affordable. Most of the hydrogen used globally is produced from unabated fossil fuels, but reductions in the cost of renewable power generation and developments in carbon capture and storage are lowering the cost of low-carbon hydrogen.

Versatility – Hydrogen is a very versatile fuel that can be used in all sections of the economy. This versatility can lead to significant economies of scale.

Low Carbon Alternatives – for each main fossil fuel there is a low carbon alternative. Solid fuel (coal) can be replaced by solid biomass; liquid fuels produced from energy crops or synthetic fuels; and low carbon gas.

Decarbonized Gas continues to play an important part in a low-carbon economy, particularly in four key areas: peak heat, process heat, storage and transportation.

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